KANSAS CITY -- Zack Greinke's reign as the American League Cy Young Award winner is winding down. The top candidates to succeed him are the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the Mariners' Felix Hernandez.
"I can't really make up my mind yet on CC and Felix. I think Felix has pitched the best this year," Greinke said. "But then CC faces a tougher division in a tougher home park -- and that makes it tougher to put up good individual numbers. And CC has been the best pitcher in the American League, just from his standpoint."
Sabathia leads the AL in victories with a 19-6 record and Hernandez, though just 11-11 going into Friday night's game against Texas, was leading in ERA at 2.39. Greinke noted that those pitchers ranked 1-2 in innings pitched, which he regards as an important part of the equation.
Greinke won the award last year with a 16-8 record, three fewer wins than the AL leaders including Hernandez, but led in ERA at 2.16. And, like Hernandez, he pitched for a last-place club.
Greinke's final opinion at season's end would be interesting, but he doesn't get a vote. That's done by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.